British Team Chess Challenge 2024

British Team Chess Challenge is a competition open to any British school with pupils in any of years 7 to 13 (English year groups). Each team taking part consists of four pupils who attend the same school and are in year 6 or above. Team Chess Challenge has been developed as a chess tournament which ALL secondary schools might like to enter.

The structure of Team Chess Challenge is that regional events will be held on afternoons during Autumn Term 2022 and Spring Term 2023. The winning school at each regional event will qualify for the one day National Final. The host school will decide the details of the regional event. Typically at each regional event, between eight and sixteen teams will participate. All schools can enter two teams, with the host team having the option of a third team in order to have an even number of teams. Schools can enter more than one regional event but players in a winning team cannot play in a subsequent regional event that season. 

The regional event is normally organised as an afternoon tournament lasting between two and three hours. The typical rate of play is 10 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. Most event will have four rounds with each round lasting about half an hour. Swiss pairings will be used so that in the later rounds, the leading teams play against each other, and similarly the weaker teams play each other. Every point scored will count towards the team total, so a team winning 3-1 would score three points, and the losing team would score one point. The winning team is the one that scores the most points (out of 16 in a four round event). The host school can decide the starting time of their regional event, which may be during afternoon school or after school has finished. The principal aim of the regional final is that large numbers of school teams enjoy playing chess. The production of a winner to play at the National Final is an important subsidiary to this main aim. Sometimes schools who are runners-up at a regional event are also invited to the national final.

There is no entry fee for the tournament, but the host school may make a small charge for the provision of the refreshments, and possibly trophies, at the regional events. Games are not graded unless the local organiser wishes to do so, and there is no requirement for your team players to be members of any chess organisation.

If you have any questions about British Team Chess Challenge then please contact the national organiser Neill Cooper
Email: manager.secondary@englishchess.org.uk

Sevenoaks School
Tuesday 28 November. 4:30 – 7pm
Contact: Miss Y Yin Email: yxy@Sevenoaksschool.org
Winners : Sevenoaks School
12 teams played
Results: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/league_comp/209253/table

St. Thomas More High School, Southend
Friday 12 January 2024 start 4.15pm
Contact: Jason Vitone Email: jvitone@st-thomasmore.southend.sch.uk
Winners: King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford
8 teams played

Bristol Grammar School
Monday 29 January 4.00 – 6.30pm
Contact Graham Iwi Email: giwi@bgs.bristol.sch.uk
Winners: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Also qualified for final: Bristol Grammar School, Redland Green School
36 teams played
Results: https://chess-results.com/tnr884846.aspx

David Nieper Academy, Derbyshire
Monday 29 January start 4.00pm (in parallel with the U13 competition)
Contact Alistair Doohan Email: ADoohan@davidnieper.academy

Nottingham High School
Tuesday 6 February 4.30pm – 7.00pm
Contact: Ed Jones Email: jones.e@nottinghamhigh.co.uk

Harrow School [FULL]
Friday 23 February 2pm
Contact: James Hall Email: jpbh@harrowschool.org.uk

Torquay Boys Grammar School
Tuesday 6 February 2023 at 2pm (in parallel with the U13 competition)
Contact: Tim Onions Email: tim.onions@yahoo.co.uk

Wilson’s School, Croydon
Tuesday 5 March 4pm – 6.30pm
Contact: Ryan Stobie-Jones Email: RS@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk

West Midlands Qualifier at Solihull School
Friday 8 March – 4 rounds from 5.00pm – 7.00pm (in parallel with the U13 competition)
Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com

Bolton School
Tuesday 12th March start at 1pm
Contact: Paul Costello Email: pcostello@boltonschool.org

Wales Qualifier
Sunday 17th March – Welsh schools only
Contact: Kevin Staveley Email: kevin.staveley@btinternet.com

The National Final
The National Final will be on Saturday, 20 April 2024 at King Edward VI Grammar School Aston, West Midlands, B6 6DJ. Further details in due course.